Kawasaki KR250 History

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Kawasaki KR250 History

in road-racing go all the way back to 1965 Dave Simmonds on a 125cc disc-valve twin. This may faintly exotic bearing in the basic aircooled piston-ported bikes of the time but in 1967 a V4 125 (the ‘KR-3′) was experimented Dave won the 125cc World for Kawasaki in 1969 and later the 250 (A1-R) and 350 (A7-R) aircooled

Throughout the 70’s, riders Ginger Molloy, Yvon and Barry Ditchburn raced the 500 and 750 (H2-R) aircooled triples great success and these subsequently developed and watercooled to the H1-RW and the mental KR750 as by such riders as Gary Paul Smart and Mick With a view to capturing the Formula 750 World Championship, an trapezoid ‘602S’ (think inline-four but with the outer offset forward) was tested in by Gregg Hansford but abandoned afterwards without being

In 1978 and 1979, Kork won the World 250cc 350cc Prix Championships for Kawasaki on watercooled tandem-twins. In 1980 and Anton Mang repeated the success. The bikes were KR250/KR350 and utilised the latest in and engine technology.

One of the benefits of the tandem-twin design was a slimmer engine allowing aerodynamics. First appearing in each cylinder had a separate and though initially phased at were later retimed to to prevent vibration and give power. As well as Grands the bikes were raced in the US AMA British and Australian Championships and the TT.

The first GP entry at Hockenheim in saw Akihiro Kiyohara miss out on a win by only 0.1 second. Mick took it to its first GP win at Assen a few later. In 1978, the KR350 was and the Kawasaki UK team managed by Shenton and Ken Suzuki pitted and Grant against Hansford on a Australia KR in both classes and on a 250.

Each team gave credit to its race technicians, in particular attributing a great of his success to the tuning skills of his brother Dozy.

In 1980 released the square-four (twin-crank) the engine looking much two 250’s side by side but the being an unusual semi-monocoque It was shelved after the 1982 Prix season following results, followed a year by it’s much-more-successful little In 1989 Kawasaki made a return to racing two-strokes a new experimental reed-valve upside-down 250 (the ‘X-09′) complete KIPS powervalve system.

It was tested in Japan that but did not re-appear until Daytona in raced by Aaron Slight and Crookes in a team managed by Ballington, who also acted as rider. Despite a capable the radical engine design too troublesome and competitive power was achieved.

Of course, Kawasaki has raced four-… engined in various classes over the From the Z1-based racers of with Christian Leon and Baldé, through the Godier/Genoud bikes and Eddie Lawson’s Z1000R Superbike, right up to the endurance bikes and Scott WSB ZXR-7, there’s always a splash of lime-green somewhere the front of the grid.

And now of course, with the switch 2 to 4 … in MotoGP, Kawasaki’s once again in the premier Though let’s face it, if reading this, like me not really interested in the ‘diesels’.

of the old race bikes still in museums and private collections the world and ocassionally come up for — you’d better deep pockets though. sometimes get a run out at events like the Festival Of Speed and the Montlhery Moto Legende in France and are even still raced in classic events. The pictures show journalist Chris testing Kork’s 500 for an article in the Feb issue of Classic Mechanics

Now how do you get a job like that.


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